Vijay P. Bhatkar
|Vijay Panduranga Bhatkar|
Vijay P Bhatkar
|Born||11 October 1946|
|Alma mater||Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
|Known for||Architect of PARAM series of Supercomputers|
Vijay Bhatkar is an Indian computer scientist and a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee. India's computer magazine Dataquest has placed him among the star pioneers who shaped India's IT industry. He has been appointed the chancellor of Nalanda University, India.
Career & Contributions
Dr. Vijay Panduranga Bhatkar was born on 11 October 1946 at Muramba, Maharashtra. He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1972. He obtained his Master of Engineering in from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, in 1968, and Bachelor of Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in 1965. Bhatkar is best known as the architect of India's national initiative in supercomputing where he led the development of Param supercomputers. He developed the first Indian supercomputer, the PARAM 8000, in 1991 and then later the PARAM 10000 in 1998. Based on the Param series of supercomputers, he built the National Param Supercomputing Facility (NPSF) which has been now made available as a grid computing facility through Garuda grid on the National Knowledge Network (NKN) providing nationwide access to High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure. Currently, Bhatkar is working on exascale supercomputing via the Capability, Capacity and Infrastructure on National Knowledge Network.
Bhatkar has authored/edited over 12 books and 80 technical and research papers and addressed several university convocations, international and national conferences and conventions and public functions.
Awards & Recognitions
- Padma Bhushan (2015)
- Ramanuja Trust Award (2007) 
- FICCI Award (1983) 
- Petersburg Prize (2004) 
- Padma Shri (2000)
- Priyadarshni Award (2000)
- National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) Award (1984–85) 
- Gold Medal Award of Indian Geo-technical Society (1976) 
- Electronics Man of the Year (1992) 
Bhatkar received the Padma Bhushan Award in the area of Science and Technology by the Honourable President of India at ceremonial function held on 8 April 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Bhatkar received the Padmashri Award in 2000 from the Government of India and the Maharashtra Bhushan Award of 1999-2000, the highest recognition of the Government of Maharashtra. He was the recipient of the Jindal Prize in 2012 for science and technology in the service of society. He received with the Saint Jnaneshwar World Peace Prize in 2010 from the World Peace Center for promoting synthesis of science and spirituality in the service of humanity. He was awarded Sitaram Jindal Foundation Award-2012 for applying the science and technology to grassroot level.
Dr. Bhatkar has acted as the Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT-Delhi, Chairman of ETH (Education To Home) Research Lab, Chairman of the Board of Management of Government College of Engineering, Amravati, Founder Chancellor and Chief Mentor of Multiversity, Chancellor of D. Y. Patil University, and National President of Vijnana Bharati, a People's Science Movement of over 6,000 scientists across India.
- "Padma Awards". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- "Profile of Dr. Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar". Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- "Yesterday’s supercomputers are today’s laptops: Bhatkar". Live Mint. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
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